By Destination NSW on March 6, 2020

 

With International Women’s Day right around the corner on March 8th, what better way to celebrate women power than an epic all-girls getaway? 2019 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show than more than a third of small business owners in Australia are women – it’s  an excellent time for the international community to support women-owned businesses in Australia, with New South Wales the ideal getaway – with a plethora of activities, food and wine options, and more that will ensure a holiday you won’t soon forget.

Below are some of the top activities in New South Wales for planning the ultimate girls-only trip:

1. Visit These Amazing Women-Owned Businesses

Lovers of natural products would love to make a quick stop at Indigiearth, an award winning range of modern Australia native products founded by Sharon Winsor, a Ngemba Weilwan woman from Western NSW. It offers over two hundred products including native foods, candles, diffusers and an all-natural skincare range. Another to add to the list is Juddarnje, a natural skincare range created by Linda, Christa and Megan Slockee who incorporate natural oils, clays, botanicals and essential oils made from Australian ingredients. We also recommend making time to visit wineries run by respectable women winemakers, such as Rowlee Wines in Orange helmed by Director Nicole Samodol, and Pepper Tree Wines in Hunter Valley helmed by Head Winemaker Gwyn Olsen.

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2. Indulge in Retail Therapy at Byron Bay

The interior of Spell & The Gypsy Collective

The interior of Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Apart from luxurious beaches, cafés and bars, Byron Bay is known for its slew of boutique brands. Whether it’s a statement boho-chic piece from Spell & The Gypsy Collective, sustainable swimwear from Salt Gypsy, or even rustic homeware from Hope + May, the range of local labels here have got it covered. 

 

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 3. Wind Down at This Wellness Retreat in Wolgan Valley

Wolgan Suite swimming pool at Emirates OneandOnly Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley NSW (Image credit to Emirates Airline)

Wolgan Suite swimming pool at Emirates OneandOnly Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley NSW (Image credit to Emirates Airline)

Rediscover the meaning of wellness at the Emirates One&Only Resort in Wolgan Valley. Deepen your yoga practice or opt for a rejuvenating spa treatment. Either way, this luxury destination promises a relaxing getaway and stunning views of the iconic Blue Mountains. 

 

4. Swim with Fur Seals at Montague Island

Fur Seals basking on the rocks surrounding Montague Island (Barunguba), Narooma. (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Fur Seals basking on the rocks surrounding Montague Island (Barunguba), Narooma. (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Get up close and personal with marine wildlife just off Montague Island. Snorkel, dive or swim with friendly fur seals and spot humpback whales, dolphins and penguins along the way. The island also offers other activities like kayaking, walking tours and a host of waterside dining options. 

Prices for snorkelling with seals start from AUD 89 per person. 

 

5. Plan the Ultimate Bar Crawl in Sydney

The bird's eye view of Opera Bar Sydney

The bird’s eye view of Opera Bar Sydney

Live it up in Sydney with some of the best bars in town. Enjoy rare bottles of wine at Monopole or classic cocktails with a twist at the famed Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House, not forgetting Sydney’s slew of top-notch luxury rooftop bars like Barangaroo House, helmed by celebrity chef Matt Moran. Other bars deserving of an honourable mention also include Untied BarangarooGin Lane and Hyde Hacienda, and The Winery.    

 

6. Taste Handcrafted Spirits at Premium Distilleries

Friends at the Archie Rose Distillery Co. Bar in inner city Rosebery (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Friends at the Archie Rose Distillery Co. Bar in inner city Rosebery (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Make a day of exploring the beautiful beaches of Central Coast and while you’re there, stop by one of the region’s finest artisan distilleries. Located halfway between Sydney and Newcastle in Erina, the independently owned Distillery Botanica, also known as The Fragrant Garden, spans three acres and is home to the award winning Bar Botanica. Taste lovingly handcrafted spirits as you tour the garden grounds or kick back on a picnic mat and enjoy a hearty brunch in this garden café. Short on time for a trip to Erina? Get your fill of premium distilleries in the heart of Sydney. Visit Archie Rose for a distillery tour or a cocktail masterclass. Known for its premium gins and whiskeys, end the tour at the Archie Rose bar with a selection of uniquely curated cocktails.

 

7. Go Glamping in Style  

Women enjoying a relaxing bath with scenic views across the Mudgee countryside from Sierra Escapes, Piambong near Mudgee (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Women enjoying a relaxing bath with scenic views across the Mudgee countryside from Sierra Escapes, Piambong near Mudgee (Image credit to Destination NSW)

Wine, stargazing and Australian wildlife, anyone? Sierra Escape offers the ultimate luxury glamping experience which includes everything from wood fireplaces, king beds and even an outdoor bathtub on your own private deck. Enjoy breath-taking views of the valley at Mudgee, located a few hours’ drive from Sydney. 

Room rates start from SGD 456 per night.

 

8. Get Up Close & Personal With Australia’s Wildlife  

Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat Exterior (Image credit to Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat)

Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat Exterior (Image credit to Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat)

Soak in the natural beauty of Australia’s bushland when you stay at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Taronga Zoo’s newest luxury eco-resort. Participate in exclusive experiences with Australia’s wildlife including koalas, echidnas and wallabies, appreciate stunning views of Sydney Harbour and tuck into a delectable course dinner at Me-Gal Restaurant, which serves up some of the country’s finest, sustainably sourced local produce.

Room rates start from SGD 510 per night.

 

9. Discover Berry on a Bespoke Tour Curated for Women Only

Fancy hi tea at Luxe South Coast (image credit to Luxe South Coast)

Fancy hi tea at Luxe South Coast (image credit to Luxe South Coast)

Girls just want to have fun and this is exactly what Luxe South Coast offers. This boutique tour company specialises in curating tours just for ladies – indulge in fancy high tea and bubbles in a vineyard with your favourite girls, or go for a VIP food, wine and shopping experience. Whatever you desire, they have got you covered.

 

10. Cruise With Dolphins at Port Stephens

Dolphin cruise at Port Stephens, North Coast (Image credit to The Legendary Pacific Coast)

Dolphin cruise at Port Stephens, North Coast (Image credit to The Legendary Pacific Coast)

Discover Port Stephens wildlife in comfort and style aboard one of Imagine Cruises’ many cruise itineraries. Hop on Imagine’s 54ft sailing catamaran and enjoy a day of snorkeling with dolphins or dolphin watching as you tour the beautiful coast of Port Stephens.

 

11. Taste the Finest Wines in Australia at Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory

Cheese offering at The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory (Image credit to The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory)

The Hunter Valley is home to some of the finest wineries in Australia, with some dating back as far as the 1800s. Wine and dine at the picturesque winery Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and the distinguished, family-owned Tyrrell’s Wines before making your way to The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory for a delightful cheese tasting menu.

 

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